I’ve been reading a lot of posts from feminists complaining about Emma Watson’s U.N. speech, saying she shouldn’t have focused on men’s issues, because women’s issues need to come first. Um, hello? Emma Watson was trying to do damage control for you, and inviting men back into the conversation about gender equality. This is exactly why people say feminists don’t care about men. Because when a feminist tries to actually do something good about gender equality, you shut her down and say to only focus on women.
The second I read about He for She, I just knew that the Tumblrite SJW’s would find something to whine and cry about. Truth is, SJWs don’t want change. They want something to be angry about. They want an excuse to be rude to people.
Not-too-deep inside, they know that their online fussing and ranting has never helped anyone. THEY have never helped anyone or made anything resembling progress in their causes. Go ahead- next time one of them screams near/at you, remind them that they haven’t ever done a single thing to help their cause. Do it. You won’t get another response out of them after you drop that logic bomb on them.
Please vote for Finnegan “Rider” Wake.
Disabled characters need representation.
I’m in a wheelchair myself, and seeing that Rider even existed as a character was so wonderful to me. And then my next thought was how badly I wanted him to be made into a doll, but immediately my brain quashed that optimism with an “oh, they’d never make a disabled character.” Then (even if it may have been unintentional for her to be perceived as one since she’s so patently a living stereotype) Vandala Doubloon was spoiled, and I thought to myself, “Well if they’ll make a prosthetic character, why can’t they make a wheelchair-bound character?” And I got even more down about it. Disabled people are so invisible in media, and I didn’t think things would change anytime soon.
But now he’s up for vote for release in 2015, and yet I’m seeing people ranting about how badly Quill and Gory need to win.
If you will remember back in 2010 when they put things up for vote the first time, it was Headless Headmistress, Wydona, and Scarah. ALL OF THEM got made. Two were SDCC exclusives, sure, but only initially—they’ve both also seen more widespread release since that. Just because Quill and Gory don’t win, doesn’t mean they won’t be made.
Gory needs to be made, and Quill is cute enough to be a great doll. I do agree both dolls need to be made. I’m in full support of making all backgrounders, especially the Belfry Prep and Werewolf Academy characters.
But Rider is a disabled character. With a wheelchair.
Gory would have the same cast as the CAM Vampire. We have three vampire girls already (Draculaura, Elissabat, and the CAM Vampire). And we have multiple “little sister” dolls now (Howleen, Twyla, and the grim reaper girl from Haunted), as well as several girl dolls with wings. We do not have a disabled character yet!! This is so important!
This tag always prides itself for its vocal adherence to supporting the representation of ethnicity, sexuality, body positivity, etc. This is the first time Mattel has really stepped up to the plate to let us prove we can put our money where our mouths are. They let us down once before, after promising us Grimmily-Anne. Make it known the MH fanbase wants Mattel to make it possible to celebrate ALL freaky flaws, that we’re ALL perfectly imperfect.
Don’t let Rider down, Tumblr MH fandom.
I agree with you so hard- we need Finnegan right now for so many reasons. You mentioned most of them, and I just want to throw this in- male merpeople are hardly ever seen in doll form. In fact, I’ve never seen one (though I’m sure one must exist somewhere in the most obscure locations). Having a mainstream merperson as a doll will… I can’t even begin to describe how wonderful that’ll be.
I put the vote thing in my favorites bar and go once a day to vote. You guys should do that, too, because right now Gory is winning. I love Gory, too, but FFS, we have enough vampires! Come on, everyone- stuff those ballot boxes for our merboy! We can make it happen.
(P.S- thank you for reminding us that eventually all of them will be made. I feel a little better)
Some of y’all are complaining that Rider is winning the poll for the wrong reasons. They’re all going to be dolls, most likely, but the problem is that last time there was a poll two of them were SDCC releases. That’s a big problem when we want representation.
Is it nice to have an exclusive doll? Hell yeah. But I and many other people want Rider to be a doll because kids with disabilities could see him and be delighted. If Rider becomes a doll, he should be widely distributed so everyone can buy him. He shouldn’t be hoarded by those privileged enough to fly to a convention, or sold on eBay by scalpers for 200-300 bucks.
That’s the real worry here.
I agree- I want a Ryder doll so much, but if he’s a ComiCon release, the scalpers are going to snatch him up and demand big, BIG bucks for him.
So how do we let Mattel know about this issue? That’s what I want to know. Just tell me, and I’ll do it. I’ll cram their inboxes and Traditional mailboxes to the gills with letters if that’s what it takes.